Hero Today, Gone Tomorrow: History, Memory, and Changing Our Minds About the Past

The study of the past has become heavily politicized, and people often complain about “revisionist history”—but what does that mean? We’ll talk about what history is and what historians really do, and why all history is revisionist.

Lecture Description

What is history, and why is it often controversial? Is history a set of facts or an interpretation of those facts? Historians say that “the past never changes but history does,” but what does that mean? This presentation explores the relationship between history and memory, and why all history is revisionist history.

CATEGORIES

Public History and Memory

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